NMC bill: 12-hours nationwide strike of doctors begin

Today, the the Indian Medical Association (IMA) begins its nationwide 12-hour-strike. The Doctors will observe this day as ‘black day’. There has been a tussle between government and the doctors regarding the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. The NMC bill isn’t a good one according to the doctors and the IMA is strongly opposing it. Owing to which, the MBBS students will protest at Azad Maidan. The IMA will hold meetings at their offices across Maharashtra. Also, the IMA will hold a press conference in the morning

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  • Today, The Indian Medical Association will observe a nationwide strike. As per the IMA, the National Medical Commission bill, is anti-poor, anti-people, non-representative, undemocratic and anti-federal in character. “National Medical Commission (NMC) in the present form is not acceptable to us,” said a statement by Dr Parthiv Sanghvi, State Secretary, IMA.
  • The doctors will not be working from 6am to 6pm. However, only emergency cases will be attended to. Indian Medical Association has informed all the members across the country.
  • The MBBS students will protest at Azad Maidan. IMA will hold meetings at their offices across Maharashtra. Also, the IMA will hold a press conference in the morning.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, IMA member and President of Maharashtra Medical Council, Dr Shivkumar Utture said, “We have been discussing with the government about the NMC Bill since the year. However, there is still no concrete result from the government. We have started a token protest. The strike will continue till 6:00 pm. However, we have kept the emergency services open.”

The following are the main objections of IMA to NMC Bill: 

  1. NMC is a pro-private management bill paving the way for widespread corruption. It removes all the regulations required to start a medical college. Under this bill, no one needs any permission to start a medical college. Also, any private medical college can increase its UG/PG seats by itself.
  2. Only upto 40 per cent of seats in a private medical college can be regulated by the government. For 60 per cent or more seats the private colleges will fix the rates which means that the poor students from SC/ST classes will be deprived of medical education.
  3. Huge loopholes in financial penalties ranging from 5 crores to 100 crores opening the floodgates of corruption.
  4. Medical Education in the country will become expensive placing the lower socio economic groups in great disadvantage.
  5. Only 5 States will be represented in NMC at any point of time. The other 24 will be unrepresented thereby denying them their privileges.
  6. The State Medical Councils which are sovereign bodies through enactment of State legislatures, will come directly under NMC.
  7. The Medical Universities do not have a representation in NMC. One per state will be represented in an advisory body called Medical Advisory Council.
  8. A Medical Bill like NMC without the concurrence of the Medical Profession and Medical Association, will be a disaster.
  9. This Bill is anti-people since it is pro-rich and pro-private managements. The cost of medical education and healthcare will rise astronomically.
  10. It is anti-patient since it permits and promotes unscientific mixing of systems of medicine. It closes the gates for Indian Medical Graduates while it opens the gates for foreign doctors and foreign educated medical graduates.